Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fun Tree Activities

Learning about trees can be done as part of a plant unit any time of the year or in April (particularly the last Friday in April) on Arbor Day. Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance of trees that encourages tree care and planting of trees.

Tree Activities

Adopt a Tree

  • Choose a tree in your yard, in front of your house, in the neighborhood, in the schoolyard etc. that your family or classroom would like to "adopt".
  • Learn about the tree.  Observe it's bark, branches, leaves, and roots (if they are visible). 
  • Identify it with a field guide.
  • Keep a journal about the tree. Sketch it each season.  
  • Estimate its height and circumference. Measure its circumference.
  • Take pictures of the tree during the different seasons. 
  • Collect seeds, leaves, stems, and bark from the tree without damaging the tree. Often seeds, stems, and bark fall to the ground after windy days. 
  • Some students might like to "hug" the tree as a way of saying "hello". 
  • Don't forget to water the soil around the tree, if needed.

Plant a tree.

Read poems about trees

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree ...

Write poems about trees.

  • Acrostic Poems
  • Couplets
  • Haiku
  • Free Verse
  • Etc.

Sketch and draw/paint pictures of trees.

Visit neoK12 to view a video on how to draw trees.
Click here: How to Draw a Tree

Visit neoK12 to view videos on trees and plants

Click Here: http://www.neok12.com/Plants.htm

Visit many of the Arbor Day websites...
            to learn more about trees and gets lots of ideas for fun activities.




 Read About Trees

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America

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